A man who harassed ambulances and police with thousands of prank calls has been arrested.
Paul Hennessy made nearly 2,000 prank calls to the Southeast Coast Emergency Services (Secamb) between January 1, 2021 and June 6 of this year.
Some of his calls went to 999 Call Handler, where he threatened to attack ambulance staff with a machete at a Hastings Vehicle Preparation Center.
He also threatened to kill a crew if they were sent to his address.
On some of his abusive calls, he created aliases to report false medical episodes, such as claiming he went into cardiac arrest.
During the same period, Hennessy made hundreds of calls to police, including a false claim that he had been assaulted with an unknown substance on his doorstep. When officers arrived at the scene, he showed no signs of injury.
Lewes Crown Court heard how Hennessy’s threats to the emergency services meant thousands of pounds worth of extra security measures had to be put in place to protect paramedics and staff at Hastings.
Hennessy, of Southwater Road in St Leonards, admitted to two counts of sending threatening electronic messages that conveyed a message that caused distress and fear and was sentenced to one year in prison.
Inquiry officer PC Darren McCann said: “Hennessy is notorious for making harassing calls to emergency services.
“This included wasting valuable time on emergency calls where police and ambulance workers could have responded to real emergencies.
“Some of his hoaxes also resulted in paramedics and police officers having to be dispatched to his address in response to potential medical or criminal emergencies he concocted.
“His behavior during his calls to the emergency services was appalling. He frequently insulted staff and threatened to harm them and frontline responders.
“It’s just not acceptable. We are pleased that the court recognizes the seriousness of these offenses and we hope he has time to reflect on his appalling behavior in prison.”
Secamb Safety Manager Dave Monk said: “This individual’s behavior has put lives at risk and instead subjected staff who come to work to help people to horrific abuse and fear.
“Our employees deserve to be able to provide vital care to people without being subjected to such horrific and time-consuming abuse.
“We will always work closely with the police to ensure that those who disrespect our staff are held accountable for their actions. We welcome the imprisonment and thank our fellow police officers for their efforts to ensure that these crimes do not go unpunished.”
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